Thoughts Along the Way February 8, 2022

Thoughts Along the Way

Pastor Tom Joyce

February 8, 2022

 

“So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.”

Luke 12:21

 

In the parable of “The Rich Fool,” (Luke 12:13-21) the person who built bigger barns committed no crime, caused no harm to anyone else, and did what he believed was in his own best interest. It is the latter that illustrates the chasm between the “kingdom of the world,” and the “Kingdom of God.” Jesus never said that it was wrong to enjoy the possessions we have, yet the issue is being bound by possessions and whose possessions they are in the first place. When our possessions take precedence over the people God has put in our path and ultimately God, we have lost our way. There is nothing that is possessed that cannot be taken away and at some point will become useless. Wealth in God’s Kingdom is not measured in monetary value or the number of “barns” we own to store our stuff; it resides in where our source of strength is found. Jesus says, “come to me all who are weary and carrying heavy burdens….,” not “go out and buy something that makes you feel good.”  It is faith in Jesus Christ that is sustaining; when all seems lost our lives are found in Jesus.  Jesus said, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34) All that we have in this life is truly God’s; we are simply trustees of what we have been given. And as trustees, we use those gifts not for our own glory or self-sufficiency but for the glory of God, living up to the greatest commandment to, “love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) Celebrate what you have received from God to care for on God’s behalf, caring for those along your path knowing you are not alone along the sojourn of life; you will know the richness of the pure love of God through Jesus and the privilege of serving the One who “will neither slumber nor sleeps,” and who “will keep your going out and coming in from this time on and forever more.” (Psalm 121) You are incredibly loved by God and have amazing blessings to be a blessing to others as you have been blessed.




      

 

 
 
 
 

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Pastor Tom Joyce
 
 
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